We smurf collectors love a good hunt for that elusive smurf. We are happy to go to second hand markets, garage sales, opportunity shops looking for that smurf. For me this was my introduction to raw smurfs.
Raw Smurfs are also generally called by their German name – Rohlinge which translated into English means blank.
A Raw Smurf is made by injecting a solid colour into the PVC mould. The base colour is then chosen based on what the most dominant colour for the smurf will be.
You may have noticed that some collectors will mention the colour of the PVC when describing their smurfs. For example Papa Smurf (20001) was originally made out of a blue material and then later on this was changed to red.
You would have also noticed that as the majority of smurfs are made out of white material and with these smurfs they do not require their hats or trousers painted, because they are already white!
The most well known Raw Smurfs were released by the manufacturer Bully back in the 1970’s. These were released as part of a promotion for Waldbaur Chocolates. The promotion included a smurf with a box of 20 chocolates.
Each of the smurfs were made of a solid colour with some details painted such as the eyes or mouth. These smurfs also have no markings.
The six Waldbaur Smurfs made
- Digger (20043) – Blue mould (small version)
- Jolly (20079) – Red mould
- Biscuit (20080) – Brown mould
- Tyrolese (20081) – Green mould
- Shy (20082) – Yellow mould
- Hammer (20083) – Orange mould
There were also Raw Smurfs made for Nestle, though information on this is scratchy. There has also been some debate how many different raw smurfs were actually made for Waldbaur.
Raw Smurfs are highly collectible and add a splash of colour to any smurf collection.
The colours to be found seem to be endless… white, blue, green, brown, purple, red, pink, orange, yellow, and even transparent!
Keep on Smurfin